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Old Stonlea Dublin Collection

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Epic views the crossroads of cultures -
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Holly Alderman WALGAZE Wallpaper fabrics Views of Antiquity

Holly Alderman WALLGAZE Wallpaper Views of Aniquity New Dufour original grisaille panels

Views of Antiquity, a storyteller panorama, a true epic. 

In 1776, Parisian artist J-B. Hilaire sketches travels with Count Choisseul-Gouffier sailing the Aegean coast with cartographers of the French Navy in search of famous sites from the Golden Age of Greece -- along the the western end of the ancient Silk Road from Smyrna (Izmir) to Ephesus, Istanbul, and Ottoman settlements, with camel caravans, soldiers on horseback, expansive vistas and classical ruins -- a year of re-discoveries. Count Choisseul-Gouffier and Hilaire return as heroes to Paris to publish Voyage pittoresque de la Grèce, a monumental tome and the first of a new genre in publishing. A second edition inspires Dufour in 1815 to enlarge Hilaire's travel engravings for panoramic scenic wallpaper. Artisans working in extreme secrecy carve over a thousand woodcuts to print in layers of 5 grisaille/gray or sepia tones and stencils -- expensive masterworks now so rare, almost a lost art.

These papiers peints panoramiques anciens are extremely rare masterworks of interior illusions, depth effects, far horizons with complex perspectives that totally pop with exotic travels across vast landscapes, ever more enchanting after years of observation and revelations.

 

Wallquest wallpaper artists and printers have renewed state of the art scans to retain the wallpaper's two-century patina. Wallquest is one of the most respected and innovative wallpaper manufacturers in the USA and the world, with products sold in more than fifty countries.

Holly Alderman Wallpaper new Dufour Views of Antiquity Dublin blue sky sepia

New sepia light with pale blue sky layer above, medium sepia below

Holly Alderman Jan Serafine WALLGAZE Wallpaper Views of Antiquity new Dufour sepia medium

Only 4 or 5 examples of this 19th century original Dufour wallpapers in fair to good condition exist today. After 180 years, surface cracks appear, thousands of tiny flakes fall off, winter water leaks in a summer house accumulate, scenes deteriorate and begin to disappear. Noticing scenes in distressed condition, Holly Alderman envisioned digital capture for conservation and to produce fine art reproductions, for the heroes, both the 19th century original artisans and the interpid travelers in the scenes, to return in new light -- meaning on the screen for all to enjoy and also in rooms with electric light, which was introduced to great estates about 70 years after the wallpaper was first installed in Europe and exported to North America.

Holly Alderman Wallpaper Innovations Views of Antiquity New Dufour

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Alderman and Wallquest present new editions to share with designers and owners many new choices for elegant, historic, visionary art in classic and new colors and sizes, as well as single panels and framed art on canvas and rag papers, and fabrics. The digital editions are not intended as replacements of originals. New printing techniques offer the experience of historic views on art otherwise lost, for enjoyment of new audiences in a touchable art form that can be moved on boards in a frames. We offer lighter monochromes, blue sky layers, site specific classic and contemporary colorways and color accents, horizontal wallpaper panels, hand painted vignettes, coordinated custom printed fabrics for fashions, curtains, shades, light upholstery, and woven tapestry.

Holly Alderman WALLGAZE Wallpaper Views of Antiquity Color and hand paitned variations

Innovative fine art printing today allows printers and color separation artists to renew images to retain the unique subtle patina of centuries, with adjustments for lighter monochromes with blue sky options and special effects to enhance inner light or contemporary posterized views. 

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